Game balls: Rating Game 210/06/2004 11:59 PM ET
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
MLB.com is awarding "game balls" -- or, in this case, Wally the Green Monster, to represent the Red Sox, and the Rally Monkey, the Angels' scoreboard cheerleader -- for performances in the 2004 American League Division Series.
Five Rally Monkeys: Thump that chest, you're king of the jungle
Four Rally Monkeys: Go ape and cause some delirium
Three Rally Monkeys: More fun than a barrel of ... well, you know
Two Rally Monkeys: Zoo life. Plenty of bananas, not much excitement
One Rally Monkeys: You're stuck working for a non-union organ grinder
Five Wallys: Wave the Red Sox flag high and mighty
Four Wallys: Makes Red Sox Nation feel good
Three Wallys: The fur could use a little fluffing
Two Wallys: Might be time to dry clean the outfit
One Wallys: You're stuck rallying the faithful in northern Maine
Pedro Martinez: He snapped his personal skid and gave the Red Sox the start they needed. He was especially tough in the late innings and seemed to pick up velocity toward the end.
Jason Varitek: Bartolo Colon had slipped through some early trouble without much damage, but Varitek struck when it mattered most. If the backstop doesn't homer there, Anaheim's power arms set up and it's a completely different game.
Red Sox bullpen: Mike Timlin, Mike Myers and Keith Foulke combined to strike out Vladimir Guerrero, Garret Anderson and Troy Glaus in the 8th after Darin Erstad had singled to lead off the inning.
Manny Ramirez: This guy's something. No hits and he drives in two runs during the first eight innings, then he comes back to get a hit and score an insurance run in the ninth. Everyone knows Manny's eventually going to get his hits -- sometimes, he doesn't even need them to beat you.
Bartolo Colon: This guy couldn't walk a straight line in the first few innings, but he ended up pitching a pretty good game. He'd probably like that pitch to Varitek back, but he put the Angels in position to win. Presumably, he'll be in line for Game 5, should it get that far.
Vladimir Guerrero: He lined out late in the game, but Vlad's bat got the Angels two of their runs. That's exactly what they needed from the clean-up slot, but Anaheim's still waiting on that big game from their biggest bat.
Jose Molina: Jose Molina made the defensive play of the game for the Angels when he picked off Mark Bellhorn at second base to kill a bases-loaded Red Sox rally and leave David Ortiz standing with the bat on his shoulder at home plate. Molina also singled and scored the Angels' first run.
Chone Figgins: Anaheim's sparkplug went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, leaving four of his teammates on base. The Angels are at their best when Figgins is on base and scampering around, putting pressure on the pitcher when the meat of the order comes up.
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